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Windows 7: I'm no techy but could anyone help me with a rig

15 Oct 2009   #21
Antman

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Parker View Post
I can get 8gb for $100, should I just get 8?
In all likelihood, NO.

4x 2GB RAM sticks will require more power pumped through the chipset - a setting probably not provided on your mobo. HP only recommends/approves 4GB (4x 1GB sticks, not 2x 2GB sticks).

If you were to come into my shop, we would plug in a variety of RAM configs and test. Unless you have the ability to do that at a local shop, I would stick with 4x 1GB sticks of RAM.

Anyway, unless you running multiple VMs or editing audio/video files or performing some other RAM intensive work, you will see little, if any, benefit from 8GB vs 4GB.


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15 Oct 2009   #22
Parker

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Should I just upgrade my motherboard?
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15 Oct 2009   #23
Antman

 

A CPU upgrade should accompany a mobo upgrade.

You are making a big jump here. What software are you planning on using?

I would use what I have.
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15 Oct 2009   #24
Parker

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
A CPU upgrade should accompany a mobo upgrade.

You are making a big jump here. What software are you planning on using?

I would use what I have.
Mostly just Battlefield 2, I wouldn't mind running a few other games, Adobe Fireworks CS4, VLC, itunes/winamp etc
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15 Oct 2009   #25
Antman

 

Your system is pretty much all that it can be at this point. You could get an SSD, but not for $100.

You are experiencing the sad truth about systems built and sold by Compaq/HP/Dell/etc. They cannot really be upgraded. They are designed to be replaced, not improved.

Buying a new mobo IS buying a new computer.

Save up a little. You can get a nice mobo/CPU package, or a bare bones kit, for a decent price. Go quad-core when you do. Do not get caught up in high CPU speeds.
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15 Oct 2009   #26
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
Your system is pretty much all that it can be at this point.
+1

Unfortunately with all machines, there is a realistic limit to which you can upgrade.

As for RAM, you aren't limited to just DDR2 667 - you can still use DDR2 800 mhz (PC 6400) or even DDR2 1066 (PC 8500) as long the modules support lower speeds.

I'm no techy but could anyone help me with a rig-ram.jpg

2x2GB = 4GB is plenty for what you want to do.

Realistically, to achieve the performance gain you're hoping for you'd be looking at basically a whole upgrade ie Mobo, CPU, RAM, Video Card.


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15 Oct 2009   #27
Antman

 

Good analysis, SmartEyeball.

I would caution about investing in the RAM though, as a new mobo would likely use DDR3. Even if a new mobo would use DDR2 1066, I do not see it as a wise investment in the short term.

Dollar for dollar, I don't see enough of an advantage. Sometimes, our anticipation and expectations are simply not met with faster RAM Speeds - especially if we do not have a specific existing need for it.
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15 Oct 2009   #28
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
Sometimes, our anticipation and expectations are simply not met with faster RAM Speeds -
Very true. I went from running 8GB @ 895mhz with looser latencies, back to 4GB @ 1095mhz and tighter timings and on day to day tasks, I haven't noticed a lick of difference in desktop or games performance / loading times.
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